Recent news reports have revealed the murders of rappers, YouTube personalities and their associates as well as other young people who were innocent bystanders. This trend is very troubling and reveals a problem that needs to stopped. It’s also disturbing to see that the outcry for justice typically occurs when a deadly shooting has been caused by someone of another race.
Although fatal shootings occurred which involved the deaths of famous rappers and others who are unknown to the public, one of the most heinous crimes that happened recently involved Lesandro Guzman Feliz, a 15 year old who was brutally bludgeoned to death in the Bronx. The young men who were responsible for his death exemplified savage beast behavior as they callously planned and carried out their evil work. The worst thing about this incident is that this young man was mistaken for someone else. There were also those at the crime scene who preferred to record the incident which showed graphic content instead of helping him. There was no hesitation to upload the video on YouTube.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”
These types of incidents do not reveal how powerful culprits are, but rather how weak they are when they cannot face their opponents with courage to see a dual through to the end specifically with both opponents left standing on good terms.
I become intensely grieved when I scroll through news feeds which have revealed another fatality which does not make sense. One incident revealed a video that was captured showing suspects exiting a vehicle after a young man was shot and killed. The young men went over to his vehicle to make sure he was dead. One guy was dancing while his co conspiritars were rowdy and shouting obscene statements. After verifying if their ill-wished desire was complete, they drove off like bandits and left him to die by himself.
You Were Called for a Greater Purpose
If you’re a young man who has veered off from your moral teaching, it’s time to wake up. Seeking validation from those who influence you to do wrong will only lead to your death or the loss of your freedom. You have to start thinking about how your actions will affect the lives of those who have lost a loved one you harmed and your family members. You should also think about how your actions hurt the heart of God when you choose to break laws and wreck havoc within your community.
God loves you and has a purpose for your life. He didn’t make you to be destructive. The time you use to devise evil against someone else can be time you can use to become creative in innovation and business.
If your father was not in your life while you were growing up, read these words as a guide to aid in your healing.
God Needs You
You may have been drawn away by the promises of this world (i.e., money, power, and fame). However, you may find yourself depressed, frustrated, and lonely because your goal of gaining notoriety has not been achieved yet. This may be due to your willingness to compromise your morals and loyalty to others. You must understand that when you use and harm people for selfish gain, your success will be short-lived. I know you may be thinking that what you’ve been doing, you’ve been doing it for a long time and have been successful in getting away with your wrongdoings, but you must realize that one day the wrong you’ve done to others will catch up with you.
The same fervency you implement in your strategy to harm someone else could be used to help someone else. Now is the time to reevaluate your life and change your ways. Stop living like you have a long time to live especially when you’ve done wrong. We see how unexpected death happens to those who strive to go good.
Satan does not want you to see your value or discover your purpose. He’ll often use people who are enticing you to do wrong to hide the truth about what they did to acquire their possessions and status. Don’t allow yourself to be used anymore to promote someone else’s agenda. When these people have acquired their goal, they may also discard you.
If you want to experience the real blessings of God such as peace, love, joy, wealth, and happiness, I urge you to start praying to God and ask Him for forgiveness of your sins. You should also meditate on His Word, see Targeted Bible Verses for assistance.
If you’re saved, it’s easy to become consumed with your life, church activities, family, and associates. Although possessing some level of empathy for others you don’t know who have experienced tragic events particularly those who have been displayed on the news, it’s easy to become desensitized when those events are not personal. However, you must remember those events were unexpected just like any situation that could happen in your life.
If you’ve been in the church for quite some time, you probably have also acquired a considerable amount of Bible knowledge, learned church etiquette, and have formed great relationships with other people at your church. While these achievements are good, your ability to maintain godly relationships should also be shared with those who don’t go to church.
It’s easy to look at incidents on TV and comment negatively while subconsciously thinking that the world, or people will be influenced in a positive way through someone else’s Good Samaritan efforts. However, that is not always the case. Although there are counselors, mentors, and nonprofit organizations that aim to target those who are involved in gang activity, struggle with mental illness, or some other challenges, there’s still a need for individual influence.
Making a difference doesn’t always require a group effort, but it can start with you making an effort to talk with someone who is socially lost and needs guidance as well as love. If you’re influential in your social group whether it’s on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or your blog, and you have a significant following, start using your platform to admonish others to do right. It’s sad when platforms are used to influence others to kill and do other things that are detrimental to society.
If you have an encouraging word you want to spread, share it now. Call someone you’ve been thinking about lately or go to their home to check on them. Sometimes it’s those thoughts that are warning signs from God that something is going wrong in a person’s life. When you let time go past too long without reaching out to someone you’ve been thinking about, it may be too late to tell them that you love them or encourage them to get their life together especially if you’ve heard about their death. If the thought of someone comes to your mind late at night, pray for them. You never know if that person is attempting suicide or harm is being inflicted on them. It can be regretful when you become so consumed with your life and problems that you fail to notice someone else.
Isaiah 58:1 says … “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their trangression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Verses 2-7 explains how the Lord wants us to fast and verse 8 explains how our prayers will be answered quickly when we complete our Kingdom assignments.
We live in a society where no one wants to be violated, but few will speak up for those who are violated. If you know something say something. Proverbs 24:11-12 says “ If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?
In other words, you’re going to be held accountable for what you know. You may be able to withhold what you know from the authorities for many years, but God keeps everlasting records and said in Revelation 20:15 … “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Leviticus 5:1 says … “ If a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.” Matthew 10:28 says … “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
When you see someone hurting deeply because they’re seeking justice for a loved one, help them. Don’t sit idly by and lack compassion because the situation has not affected your family. I find it amazing how some people don’t care until they experience a loss. You have to remember that the seeds you sow today whether good or bad will yield a harvest. If you don’t think silence is a seed,
think again. Proverbs 21:13 says … “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” This verse can be mean financially, emotionally, legally, mentally, or socially. Ecclesiastes 11:12 also says … “Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” This verse can also be thought of in the same manner. If you want justice, fight for justice. If you want a friend, be a friend. If you want love, show love etc.
Your Words are Life
Lastly, remember that the words you speak have life, so be careful what you say. The Bible says in Leviticus 17:11 … “For the life of the flesh is in blood.:”
Be mindful of the songs you listen to because the words can get into your soul, and you can begin to act out what you’ve taken in spiritually. A lot of what you see going on in society is because of negative words that are being absorbed in the mind through various content.
This post is dedicated to Lesandro Guzman Feliz and other youth who have lost their lives too soon. May your souls rest in the arms of God.